The PGA Championship moves around annually and Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, New York is this year’s host site. This year’s tournament is also three months earlier than previous versions, so we really do have a lot to consider. Players have been playing more events in the lead-up to this tournament in order to stay sharp, especially with the Masters just about six weeks ago.
As always, we’ll be seeking out the top values on the DFS odds board for this one. With a star-studded event and all of golf’s best on hand, there are some really special players at very reasonable prices. That should help those that are looking to hit it big during the PGA Championship at Bethpage.
Here are the value picks with salaries from DraftKings:
Patrick Cantlay ($8,200) – Patrick Cantlay has a tremendous statistical profile as we head into this week’s PGA Championship. Cantlay ranks first in par 4 scoring, which is a big deal here at Bethpage, where the players have to contend with a par 70 coming in at over 7,400 yards. Cantlay is 10th in strokes gained tee to green, 21st in strokes gained off the tee, 15th in driving distance, and 54th in strokes gained putting. A lot of the top players on the board have similar stats in the strokes gained departments before they get to the green, but Cantlay has been better than most of them with the flatstick. He’s a great anchor to your lineup this week if you’re looking to save some money with players that are down the board a bit.
Bubba Watson ($8,000) – Bubba Watson has played really well at Bethpage Black in the past. While the layout could be a bit different here with the PGA’s signature event, Bethpage has hosted FedEx Cup playoffs events recently and Watson is one of a handful of players with top-25 finishes in those two events, the 2012 and 2016 Barclays/The Northern Trust. Bubba is seventh in driving distance to help shorten this course. He’s also 23rd in strokes gained tee to green and third in strokes gained off the tee. He hasn’t played that well lately with one top-10 finish in the last three months, but he’s a guy that does generally step it up when we get to the majors and I would expect the same here.
Gary Woodland ($7,900) – Gary Woodland also has the right type of statistical profile for a tournament like this. Woodland is second in birdie or better percentage and that will keep you around in a lot of majors. He’s top 10 in driving distance, par 5 scoring, and strokes gained off the tee. He’s also 12th in strokes gained tee to green. Woodland was fourth at The Northern Trust back in 2016. We don’t have a ton of course form data to go on, but Woodland has been playing really well and he’s rested after missing the end of the Wells Fargo due to illness and after being one of many players to skip the AT&T Byron Nelson last week.
Jason Kokrak ($7,600) – Jason Kokrak seemed to run out of steam at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. He had been playing a lot of golf and ended on a sour note with a final round 78. Prior to that, Kokrak was 22nd, 16th, 7th, 2nd, 47th, 10th, and 9th in his previous seven events. Kokrak comes into this tournament in the top 25 in strokes gained tee to green and strokes gained off the tee. He’s seventh in ball striking with strokes gained tee to green and on approach. That’s up with guys like Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia, and Hideki Matsuyama. The downtime has to help Kokrak, who has had good rhythm in his swing all year long and is looking to keep that up heading into a major. He was seventh here back in 2016 for The Northern Trust.
Eddie Pepperell ($6,900) – Eddie Pepperell comes back to the States in outstanding form. He finished second in last week’s British Masters and that could be a boost for him this week. Normally long travel would be a big concern, but London to New York isn’t that big of a deal, except for the time change. Pepperell had been in the US for the PLAYERS, Masters, and even RBC Heritage prior to that anyway. Pepperell is kind of a feast or famine type of player, but you really do have to like the results he had last week as he heads into the US as one of the more exciting European Tour players.